Facial DNA
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Thursday, September 13, 2012

Professor Manfred Kayser from the Erasmus University Medical Center in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, and his colleagues have identified five candidate genes associated with different facial shapes - known as PRDM16, PAX3, TP63, C5orf50, and COL17A1. This could have important applications in forensics.  Prior to this study, virtually nothing was known about the genes responsible for facial shape in humans. The study of almost 10,000 individuals is published in the September 13th, 2012, PLOS genetics, titled: A Genome-Wide Association Study Identifies Five Loci Influencing Facial Morphology in EuropeansProf Kayser stated: "These are exciting first results that mark the beginning of the genetic understanding of human facial morphology."
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